Can foolish human decisions be part of God’s divinely sovereign plan? The story of Rehoboam’s first decision as leader of Israel, from 1 Kings 12:1-15, is an example of God’s directing the affairs of humanity and even guiding a human choice in order to bring about his will. His will, which he had already made known through prophecy. What we can learn about ourselves and God from this type of story?
In 1 Kings 9:1-9, we will consider the legacy of Solomon, including the good, the bad, and the ugly!
Living as if we believed God is real–that those who have accepted Jesus are always in a state of being “in Him,” yet we must continuously seek to live this out day by day.
A look at the start of Solomon’s reign as king. We’ll consider different descriptions of wisdom, Solomon’s answer to God’s open-ended offer of anything he wanted. Though he did not always apply his wisdom well over the course of his life, this early awareness of his greatest need was in itself a demonstration of wisdom. How would we respond if God made us the same offer?
In 2 Samuel 7:1-17, David expresses a noble desire to build a temple for God. God responds that it is not his place to do so–that task will be given to one of his sons (Solomon, son of Bathsheba!) This passage comes before last week’s about David’s moral lapse–God already had a legacy in mind for David and sin didn’t alter the plan. Pastor Bob leads us in considering God’s higher plans and mysterious ways, with encouragement to embrace these in our own lives.
The story of David and Bathsheba. We’ll touch on some of the moral admonishments to be gleaned from the story, but the main focus will be on the better kingdom and the better King to come in fulfillment of God’s promises to David in 2 Samuel 7.
Bob brings the semester to a close with a overview of the Songs of Ascent, encouraging us to a realistic view of the world, an appreciation for God’s sovereignty, and an understanding of the central role of worship in the life of the believer.
Pastor Bob gives us a look at David’s uninhibited praise of God in 2 Samuel 6:1-15. God is worthy of our praise in all its various human expressions. Our faith is solemn as we look at Christ on the cross, but well-rounded faith also includes great delight in the presence of God.
Josiah speaks on Psalm 91. Yep, that’s the psalm the devil quoted when he was tempting Jesus in the wilderness. How do we make God our refuge? How do we handle those promises that ‘no harm will befall you’?
An overview of David’s earthly kingdom as a reflection of God’s heavenly kingdom. Pastor Bob explores the themes of righteousness and sin, considering how God has taken sinful human beings and created a story through them that is a divine tapestry of grace.